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January 2017

Cracking the many mysteries of HER2 GEA

January 2017—Only a sadist would want to see gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma become as common as breast cancer. GEA wreaks enough destruction already as the fifth (stomach) and eighth (esophageal) most common cancers worldwide.

In new era, cannabis testing a mixed bag

January 2017—Extended cruises down the rivers of Europe and life without alarm clocks might figure in a vision of retirement for some people, but don’t include toxicology expert Marilyn A. Huestis, PhD, in that contingent, at least for now.

Buzz, prospects build for heparin-induced thrombocytopenia test

January 2017—U.S. physicians and laboratories are anticipating the early 2017 launch of the HemosIL HIT-Ab(PF4-H) assay, which detects antibodies associated with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. The new test from Instrumentation Laboratory, Bedford, Mass., is the first fully automated, on-demand assay for HIT.

‘Brave’ new book—AP quality management for everyone

January 2017—What does it take to produce and edit the first book on AP quality management that the CAP has published in more than a decade? A diverse network of experts, a commitment to comprehensive quality assurance, and, says co-editor Qihui “Jim” Zhai, MD, a bit of bravery.

From the President’s Desk: The constancy of uncertainty, 1/17

January 2017—In February 2002, with Americans still reeling from the Sept. 11 attacks, many were preoccupied with rumors suggesting that the Iraqi dictator had acquired weapons of mass destruction and intended to supply them to terrorists.

With metagenomic sequencing, no pathogen can hide

January 2017—Detecting pathogenic organisms with PCR has become a staple of the clinical microbiology laboratory, so much so that it seems like it has always been there. A more advanced molecular technique—unbiased metagenomic next-generation sequencing—will increasingly become a part of infectious disease diagnosis because it has several advantages over PCR. While it will be demanding to perform at first, it, too, may become a standard method in the clinical microbiology laboratory.

Cytopathology In Focus: The significance of NIFTP for thyroid cytology

January 2017—A recent landmark study performed under the auspices of the Endocrine Pathology Society has proposed a new diagnostic entity in the thyroid: noninvasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features, or NIFTP.

Cytopathology In Focus: NIFTP’s impact on FNA malignancy risk

January 2017— What’s in a name? As announced in JAMA Oncology in April 2016, tumors previously classified as follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma and found to have no invasion on adequate sampling of the tumor capsule have been given a new name: noninvasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features, or NIFTP.

Cytopathology In Focus: CAP meets MOC with à la carte modules online

January 2017—It’s the end of the year, say, and you are just a few self-assessment modules, or SAMs, short of the required 20 in your area of expertise—anatomic pathology. You have to meet the requirements for the American Board of Pathology’s Maintenance of Certification and time-limited cytopathology and AP/CP certificates for each two-year reporting cycle. What to do?

Cytopathology In Focus: The dysfunctional relationship between labs and their IT

January 2017—Complaints about laboratory information technology services are nearly universal. Rare is the person who is happy with his or her laboratory information system or with the way information services are delivered.